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Container shipping Rotterdam to Kota Kinabalu

Would you like to ship a container from Rotterdam to Kota Kinabalu (MYBKI)? Sea freight is a convenient transport solution: you can ship large volumes at low costs, you have low maintenance costs and it has live tracking. Transporting a container by sea with container cargo or personal goods is very easy with e.g. Zhonggu Logistics Corporation. They offer a lot of container-types. Shipping by sea is primarily divided into two types: (FCL) Full Container Load and a shared container (LCL). Via our transport agents you will find up-to-date information for international transport Kota Kinabalu (MY BKI). We share knowledge and practical information about how to choose a suitable container for your freight. For this we offer a a practical step-by-step plan where we explain everything in 5 steps. Fill out the form and we get you a quote with market prices.

  • Ocean shipping is a fast, sure and affordable way to ship your goods to anywhere in the world.
  • Compared to air transport, you can transport larger volumes for a better price.
  • Sea freight provides services for international removals and the transit of refrigerated cargo or bikes.
  • The Port of Kota Kinabalu offers excellent transit options in Malaysia.
  • The range of containers includes: twenty footers, forty footers and Dry Van, Insulated, Flat Rack, Open-Top, Ventilated, Tank containers.

Shipping to Kota Kinabalu (MYBKI) from Rotterdam (NLRTM)

shipping container from port rotterdam  to port of Kota Kinabalu

Ocean freight shipping is one of the most economical forms of transporting goods internationally. Your cargo is transferred in shipping containers. The freight forwarder company sends the location details to you. The cargo is transported by truck to the shipping vessel at the departure port Kota Kinabalu (MY BKI), and will be shipped over the ocean to the agent at the arrival port. You need to make a choose out of: port-to-port, door-to-door, door-to-port or port-to-door. In the table below you will find practical information about the port of destination.

Port of departurePort of Rotterdam (NLRTM)
Country of departureNetherlands
Port of destinationPort of Kota Kinabalu
Country of destinationMalaysia
Port CodeMYBKI
Transit Time+/- 44 days
Shipping rates$
Local addressSabah Ports Authority Building Jalan Tun Fuad Kota Kinabalu, Tanjong Lipat 88617 Malaysia
Phone number6088-538500

Freight Forwarder Rotterdam – port of Kota Kinabalu

  1. Select shipment details

    Enter the port of origin and the destination harbor. Specify your preference: a full container for yourself (FCL) or (LCL) Less Container Load. You also choose the size of the container (20ft, 40ft of 40ft HC).

  2. Pack you load

    First of all, ensure the cargo is packed appropriately for carriage. To avoid damage, ensure that your cargo is always placed on pallets. Don’t forget to label the cargo!

  3. Customs documents and procedures

    If you are going to transport goods to Kota Kinabalu (MYBKI), you will need required export documents (for the national customs): packing declaration, commercial invoice, bill of lading, packing list, export/import customs declaration. The definition of a Bill of Lading is a document provided by a carrier to a shipper to confirm that the shipment is received in good order and that the load is prepared for shipping.

  4. Incoterms for transport

    Incoterms are the terms used in international shipping to define obligations, costs, and risks involved in the delivery of goods. The Incoterm states who takes care of, among other things, transport, insurance and the relevant documents for transport. For freight by sea, these are the most popular terms: Cost, Insurance Freight (CIF), Free On Board (FOB), Delivery Duty Paid (DDP).

  5. Track and Trace shipment

    Use the Online Container & Freight Tracking System to check where your load is right now. They will send you a mail when the cargo is registered at the POO (port of load), has arrived at the destination (POD) and when the carrier arrived at the final location.

Sea freight from Kota Kinabalu (MYBKI) to Rotterdam (NLRTM): select your container type

You want to ship a container from port of Kota Kinabalu – (MY BKI) to port of Rotterdam – (NL RTM)? It is necessary to find the right container type. They are available in different sizes (20-ft, 40-ft) and all kind of container conditions (FCL shipment or LCL shipping). We cooperate with several international shipping lines. From the port, many freights are transported to cities such as Kota Kinabalu, Putatan, Kinarut, Papar, Kota Belud, Ranau, Keningau, Beaufort, Labuan, Kudat, Limbang, Sandakan, Lahad Datu, Miri, Tawau, Semporna, Bintulu, Kapit, Sibu, Sri Aman. In the next chapter you will find useful information about the most popular products. You may also like: FCL Shipping.

from harbor Kota Kinabalu MY BKI to rotterdam NL RTM

Information and benefits of 20ft container

20 FT containers (sometimes also called dry van) is the most common and available size. They are easy to load, access, and handle, which results in lower shipping costs. Very suitable for the transport of household goods and movings. What you might not know: A TEU stands for Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit.

  • A very popular box for transporting cargo by sea.
  • The size of a 20-foot container is: 6058mm x 2438mm x 2891mm.
  • A 20 foot holds 11 pallets in one tier.
  • The maximum allowable load is +/- 27.000 kilogram.

Information and benefits of 40 FT container

Besides the 20-foot, the 40-foot container is another popular option. You can pack a lot of cargo in this. This makes it an excellent choice for transporting large loads by sea. What you may not know: there are also special extra tall ‘high cube’ deal. This is one foot taller than a regular 40 ft. This way cargo can be stacked high.

  • Very popular with large and bulky goods.
  • The dimensions of a 40-foot container are: 12031 x 2346 x 2383 mm.
  • The FEU can hold between 20 and 24 pallets.
  • Maximum load is about +/- 28.800 kilogram.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of FCL containers?

When you want to ship large quantities of goods, then you can book your own full container. The abbreviation FCL stands for Full Container Load. All cargo space is used exclusively for you. The advantages are great: Usually a faster transit time, less risk of damage during the logistics process and the rates are more favorable. There are also disadvantages: the transshipment is more complex and insurance is more expensive. Another departure port? Also check Antwerp to Kota Kinabalu (MYBKI) and Hamburg to Kota Kinabalu (MYBKI).

  • The concept of FCL is that an exporter is fully booking one or more shipping containers.
  • Perfect for bulk, expensive and fragile goods.
  • For shipments that are larger than 10 CBM.
  • Available at: e.g. Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, COSCO, ONE.

When is a LCL container a good choice?

With a small freight, aks our freight forwarders to possibilities for a shared container. Transport organizations describe that as Less Than Container Load (LCL). LCL means that you pay per m3 or per metric ton for space inside a complete container. You consciously opt for various benefits such as: you pay only for the volume you need, you spend less on inventory warehousing space and more flexible during intense shipping season. Notable: if 50% of the container consists of your goods, it is often cheaper to book a full container. The shipping rates are based on the actual volume that the shipment occupies in a shared shipping container.

  • What we mean by LCL is that you make use of a partial container for the transportation.
  • Cost effective for shipments between 3 m3 – 15,5 m3.
  • Cost-effective for freight forwarders with smaller shipment volumes.
  • Can be booked via practical all shipping lines.
  • Available at: e.g. ZIM, Wan Hai, Yang Ming, POL, HMM.

Special containers for special freight

There are many different types of boxes available for freight forwarding. Each type of cargo needs a different solution. The Dry van is the variant that most people will recognize. There are also special possibilities for liquid bulk, onions, potatoes, vegetables or other special goods. We’ve explained it all below. You can also check more information about shipping to Point Lisas (TTPTS), port of Point Lisas (TTPTS), Gunsan (KRKUV) harbor and terminal Puerto Madryn (ARPMY).

  • Bulk Containers: often used for dry bulk cargo like grain and coal.
  • Flat Rack Containers: versatile containers that make it possible for you to ship unique cargo.
  • Hard-Top Containers: a specialized version of general dry van (with special roof).
  • High-Cube Containers: are similar in structure to standard boxes, but a little taller.
  • Insulated Containers: for shipping of products that need to be maintained at specific temperatures.
  • Open-Top Containers: for the transportation of goods like glass and marble blocks.
  • Palletwide Containers: ideal for transporting euro pallets.
  • Refrigerated Containers: reefers maintain a stable temperature inside.
  • Tank Containers: are used to deliver hazardous and non-hazardous products.
  • Ventilated Containers: specially for cargoes which have to be ventilated in transit.

Freight types: what kind of stuff are you going to ship?

Exporting goods by ocean from Rotterdam (NLRTM) to Kota Kinabalu (MYBKI) have all kinds of advantages: low tariffs, high sea vessel load capacity and minimal restrictions. The main categories of ocean cargo imported via sea shipping includes: break bulk, neo bulk, liquid bulk, dry bulk, roll on/roll off. Below you will find a brief summary.

  • Car shipping: you can ship your vehicle practically anywhere in the world.
  • House Moving: your belongings will be safe and secured with international relocation.
  • Removals (Household Goods): your household effects are shipped precisely and neatly.
  • Liquid Bulk: e.g. hydrogen, biofuels, diesel, gasoline, chemicals, petroleum.
  • Dry Bulk: iron ore, grain, coal and salt, sand, coils, lumber.
  • Roll on Roll off (RORO): a type of shipping that is used for transporting things such as vehicles.
  • Breakbulk: are frequently packaged in smaller boxes: bags, boxes, cartons, crates, drums, or barrels/vats.
  • Retail & other: items like sports equipment, clothes, art and antiques, toys, medical/pharmacy and furniture, machines, fashion, shoes, food.

FAQ: Frequently asked questions about international transport

What is the sea shipping time for goods from Rotterdam to Kota Kinabalu?

Shipping a container from Rotterdam (NL) to Kota Kinabalu lasts about 44 days. The total distance is approximately 10500 nautical miles (NM). 1 nautical mile is equivalent to 1.85 km. That makes the distance 19446 kilometers. When you have booked a sea freight you have to pay close attention to ETD and ETA. ETD provides information on the date and time the ship will leave the seaport. Estimated time of arrival (ETA) is the date and time that a shipment is predicted to arrive. The exact shipping time has several factors: draft and speed, weather conditions and cargo flows.

How expensive is shipping a container to Kota Kinabalu (MYBKI)?

Shipping rates from Rotterdam (Netherlands) to Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) are relatively cheap. The final invoice amount is determined by important aspects like cargo type, shipping route and local handling fees. We invite you to contact us for a completely free, no-obligation quote today.

Which customs documents do you need?

When sending goods to Kota Kinabalu, then there are some important customs clearance documents. The following documents should be provided: Bill of Lading, Packing List, Import/export Licenses, Commercial Invoice, Letter of Credit, Certificate of Origin. For additional information and answers to questions you can contact the customs of Malaysia or navigate to the website of the port or the government (

What incoterm is best for my business?

The Incoterms decide which party will cover insurance fees for the shipment. Popular terms for waterway transportation are CIF and FOB. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) means the exporting party covers the transportation to the port of destination. The meaning of Free on Board (FOB) is the seller takes care of the goods until they are loaded onto a shipping vessel. Other popular Incoterms 2000 are: Carriage Paid To (CPT), Free Carrier (FCA), Ex Works (EXW), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) and Cost and Freight (CFR), Delivered at Place Unloaded (DPU), Carriage and Insurance Paid To (CIP).

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